Kyo Karakami MARUNI

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    Kyo Karakami MARUNI

    Making Kyo Karakami traditional pattern more accessible in everyday life

    Kyo Karakami MARUNI has been decorating fusuma (Japanese style sliding doors) at a number of renowned temple, shrines, and ryokan (Japanese style inns) for many years.  Karakami is decorative paper, which was brought in from Tang China during the Nara period (710-794).  Printing is mainly done using a method called Kira-zuri, which does not use a baren (disk-like device for the wood block printing) but instead the palms of the hands.  As a result, the woodblocks have deeper curves and this method also gives a soft finish to the prints.  “Karakami Kit” is an item with which you can experience the making of traditional of Karakami.  You can print the patterns on your own using message cards with representative patterns selected from the precious woodblocks, which have been kept over generations.   The photo is of the Shiki (four season) Karakami Kit priced 23,800 yen.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,August issue,2010


    Name Kyo Karakami MARUNI
    Address 462 Senshoji-cho, Takatsuji-dori Sakaimachi-higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-361-1321
    Hours 9:00-19:00
    Closed Sun. & national holidays (reservation required on Sat.)
    Recommended A wide range of Karakami paper items (wall panel, seals, luncheon mats, etc.) are available.